Abstract

This article examines a certain subterranean counter-conception of the human/animal distinction that occasionally surfaces in the Western literary-philosophical tradition. Focusing on Michel de Montaigne and Friedrich Nietzsche (particularly Apologie de Raimond Sebond and Zur Genealogie der Moral), I demonstrate how each writer’s assault on the human/animal distinction relies on a sophisticated revaluation of the canonical humanist position of Pico della Mirandola, a position that each thinker (to some extent) can be said to reposit under a negative valence.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1528-4212
Print ISSN
0010-4132
Pages
pp. 449-478
Launched on MUSE
2015-09-03
Open Access
No
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